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HISTORY 



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Trinity United Methodist Church 

196M972 




By 

Benjamin Quy Childs 



TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

Church Street at Liberty 

Durham, North Carolina 27701 




DUKE 

UNIVERSITY 
LIBRARIES 



From the estate of 
Dr. Robert E. Cushman 




HISTORY 



OF 



Trinity United Methodist Church 

Church Street at Liberty Street 
l^urham, North Carolina 

196M972 



By 

Benjamin Quy Childs 

Emeritus Professor of Education 
Duke University 



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A Supplement to 

"The Centennial History of Trinity Methodist Church" 

by B. G. Childs, 

Printed by Seeman Printery, Durham, N. C. 



Foreword 



In the long and glorious history of Trinity Church, many 
persons have made significant contributions. The names 
of many of these have been noted in the "Centennial His- 
tory of Trinity Church", published in 1961. 

While history itself can alone meaningfully judge the 
contributions of a particular era or person, discerning per- 
sons can measure greatness in its own time. 

Thus it is that "tiny ripples may become surging cur- 
rents" which lead to great change. Programs and gran- 
diose plans of men may also "fizzle out." 

It is a difficult process to record events and the role 
played by persons or a congregation during a particular 
era. The decade of the 1960's has been one of the most 
turbulent in the history of the nation if not all recorded 
history. Massive changes in social, political and religious 
life have brought nations and mankind on the brink of 
shock. 

Trinity Church has not been aloof nor untouched by 
these changes. The downtown, old "mother churches" 
have lost much of their prominence and prestige. This 
does not mean, however, that these "center city" churches 
have lest their mission or their reason for being! 

This updating of the "Centennial History" by Dr. Ben 
Childs brings us face-to-face with the facts of the past 
eleven years. The nature, change and complexity of life 
is drastically different from that of 1960. I trust you will 
find these pages interesting, inspiring and challenging. 

Dr. Childs has been and is one of the truly vital and 
influential laymen of the Trinity congregation for almost 
fifty years. His significant contributions have not been 
properly recorded because he has been the "scribe" to 
record and report Trinity's past. Ministers and laymen 
alike acknowledge the influence and depth of his Christian 
life. 

We also acknowledge our thanks to members of the 
Methodist Men and First Tuesday Club, who made the 
publication of this historical addition possible. 

—William K. Quick 



1961-1962 

The record of Trinity Church from the Centennial to the 
present date is not without interest nor significance. For 
the first year of this decade, Rev. W. M. Howard, Jr. con- 
tinued in the second year of his ministry here. The of- 
ficial report of the pastor shows that the church year of 
1961-1962 began with approximately 1460 members. This 
number does not include 117 preparatory members, who 
were, for the most part, not yet confirmed into full mem- 
bership. The trustees of the church, through the presi- 
dent, R. H. Powell, Jr., reported the estimated value of 
all the church property as approximately $837,500. 

During the church year, Trinity lost by death one of 
its most devoted and dedicated members, Mrs. Pattie C. 
Baldwin. For years Mrs. Baldwin had loved and labored 
for her church as church secretary and visitor, and church 
school teacher, as well as in other capacities. A Sunday 
School Class, composed of women, was later organized as 
a tribute to her life and work and given the name of the 
Pattie Baldwin Class. 

In October, 1961, Professor W. W. Rankin died. He 
had been identified with Trinity Church for more than 30 
years. He had served faithfully as Chairman of the Of- 
ficial Board, as a church school teacher, and in other places 
of significance to the congregation. During his lifetime. 
Dr. Rankin had devoted himself to the planting of trees 
and shrubbery on the church grounds, and this practice 
was continued after his death by the planting of more 
shrubbery as a Rankin Memorial. It has been written of 
Dr. Rankin that he was "one of those men, who through 
ennobling unselfishness create memorials to themselves — 
memorials that cannot be swept away by wind or tide, but 
they are forever treasured in the recollection of those who 
remain." 

Throughout the church year of 1960-61, Bascom Baynes 
had given loyally of himself as Chairman of the Official 
Board. His successor for 1961-62 was Dr. H. J. Herring; 
Baxter Ridenhour continued as church school superin- 
tendent; and Mrs. A. M. Bynum, Jr. was president of the 
Woman's Society of Christian Service. 

1962-1963 

Records for the church year of 1962-63 show some in- 
teresting developments. Official reports indicate that the 
number of Trinity's members dropped from 1456 in 
1961-62 to 1338 in 1962-63, a decrease of nearly 120 mem- 



bers. There was a considerable loss due to death and 
transfer to other churches. In addition, the last ciuarterly 
conference of the year authorized the removal of a large 
number of names of persons who had moved from Dur- 
ham or had been "lost sight of" in some other manner. 

During the year decision was reached to install wall- 
to-wall carpeting in the sanctuary. The carpet has added 
considerably to the comfort and attractiveness of the 
church. Other capital improvements were made by paint- 
ing and renovating, as well as by increasing the efficiency 
of facilities in the educational building. The budget for 
the year was placed at approximately $84,000. 

One of the most significant matters brought to the at- 
tention of the congregation in this conference year was the 
College Crusade of the North Carolina Conference. In 
October of 1962, a Crusade Fund Drive Committee was 
appointed with O. Z. Wrenn as chairman; the committee 
was to undertake to secure pledges of $30,000 to cover 
Trinity's quota. The drive yielded only approximately 
$17,500 of the desired amount, so it was decided to include 
$1,000 for the College Fund in the church budget each 
year until the entire balance of $12,500 could be raised. 
It may be noted here that later in this historical sketch it 
will appear that the total of Trinity's quota was secured 
by 1970, several years ahead of time. 

Our congregation was deeply saddened by the sudden 
death of H. C. Kennett, Chairman of the Official Board, 
on November 1, 1962. Trinity Church has not known a 
more sincere Christian nor a more dedicated leader than 
Connor Kennett; we shall not often enough see his like 
again. He was succeeded in the chairmanship for the re- 
mainder of the church year by Frank M. Barnhart. Baxter 
Ridenhour continued as church school superintendent, and 
Mrs. O. Kelly Ingram served as president of the Woman's 
Society of Christian Service. 

1963-1964 

The opening of the conference year of 1963-64 saw Trin- 
ity Church begin with Eugene W. Carlton as Chairman of 
the Official Board, Paul Williamson as superintendent of 
the church school, and Mrs. O. Kelly Ingram as president 
of the Woman's Society of Christian Service. During the 
early months of this year, several very timely projects were 
undertaken for the improvement of the church property. 

In one of these projects, the Methodist Men of the church 
undertook the promotion of a program of renovating and 



decorating the pastor's study. This effort served to meet 
a need that had been apparent for some time. 

The church budget for 1963-64 stood at approximately 
$85,000. The final report of the pastor shows that a total 
of $94,000 was raised by the congregation, including sub- 
stantial amounts contributed by the church school and by 
the Woman's Society of Christian Service. 

1964-1965 

During the conference year of 1964-65, the Trinity con- 
gregation witnessed a considerable number of physical 
improvements made by the Property Committee under the 
direction of Guy Bennett as chairman. These included 
furnace repairs, painting, work on the church lawn, and 
improvements made in the Church Parlor, among other 
things. 

It may be noted that Mrs. W. M. Glenn, who had made 
significant donations to Trinity in former years, had re- 
furnished and re-decorated the auxiliary kitchen to the 
Parlor, as well as providing improvements to the Susannah 
Wesley classroom. The members of the church are grate- 
ful to Mrs. Glenn for these and all other tokens of her 
love and loyalty. 

At one of the early meetings of the year, it was an- 
nounced that a gift of $2,500 had been bequeathed to 
Trinity Church in the will of the late William Whitfield 
Sledge. Appropriate acknow^ledgment of this generous 
bequest was made by the Official Board. 

In November of 1964, Trinity Church suffered an ir- 
reparable loss in the death of Dr. Edgar Lafayette Hillman. 
Dr. Hillman became pastor of the church in 1933, during 
the most trying years of the Great Depression. His inspir- 
ing leadership challenged the faith and commitment of the 
congregation to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration and 
through the following years, which marked the beginning 
of the removal of the staggering indebtedness which had 
hindered Trinity's progress through many years. 

Following his retirement from the active ministry in 
1959, Dr. Hillman and his dedicated wife became identi- 
fied with our church, and all the years of this noble man's 
life have been noted as landmarks in our history. 

For the church year of 1964-65, J. Harvey Bryan was 
Chairman of the Official Board, Paul R. Williamson re- 
mained as church school superintendent, and Mrs. H. D. 
Cleaver, Jr. was president of the Woman's Society of Chris- 
tian Service. 



1965-1966 

The year of 1965-66 stands at the midpoint of the decade 
for which this brief sketch has been written. Many of the 
happenings of the year will be held in lasting remembrance 
by Trinity members. Records show that Aubrey B. King 
was Chairman of the Official Board, Edward R. Snuggs was 
superintendent of the church school, and Mrs. H. D. 
Cleaver, Jr., was president of the Woman's Society of 
Christian Service. The church budget of the year amounted 
to approximately $87,500 and included $6,550 for capital 
improvements. In September, 1955, the Board reported 
that the total assets of the Trinitv Church Endowment 
Trust amounted to $10,492.66 as of "^ June 30, 1965. 

In January, 1966, the congregation was saddened by 
the news of the death of Miss Blanche A. Briggs, Miss 
Briggs was born in Durham and attended Greensboro Fe- 
male College, from which she graduated with distinction. 
In her church and community, she was particularly de- 
voted to the youth of her generation. For years she taught 
a group of teen-age boys, some of whom became leaders 
in the growth and development of Durham. Although 
modest and unassuming throughout her long life of 95 
years, she so lived that "generations unborn will rise up 
and call her blessed." 

Within the year, the Official Board voted a trip to the 
Holy Land for Mr. and Mrs. Howard. This gift was made 
as a token of deep appreciation on the part of the congre- 
gation for our pastor's six years of devoted and dedicated 
leadership. 

In the latter part of this church year, the Trinity con- 
gregation lost from its Christian fellowship another of its 
cherished members in the death of Mrs. Lucille Swaringen 
Rogers, wife of Mr. Ralph P. Rogers, Sr. Mrs. Rogers, 
through all the years of her church life at Trinity, was 
known to all as a devoted member and beloved friend. 
Wherever she went, she radiated happiness and joy in 
living. 

From time to time, Mrs. Rogers served the church with 
deep interest and faithful loyalty on the Official Board, 
in the Woman's Society of Christian Service, and in the 
Francis Asbury Class. Her beautiful life will ever serve as 
a noble inspiration, and she will be carried in memory as 
one whose devout, Christian example places her name high 
among Christ's followers and among those who have loved 
their fellowmen and God supremely. Trinity Church is far 
richer that Mrs. Lucille Rogers has lived in our midst. 



It is fitting to recall here that appropriate memorials 
to Mrs. Rogers' devotion to the good and the beautiful are 
to be found in the Trinity sanctuary. In her will there was 
left a bequest of $2,500 to the church. In 1968, when the 
sanctuary organ was rebuilt, this amount was devoted 
to the installation of the French Trumpet of the Antiphonal 
Organ. In this manner, the tones of the Trinity organ can 
be joined with praise of the choir invisible. It needs to 
be recorded, also, that a pair of handsome candelabra has 
been given by Sally Lou and Patsy Elizabeth Millar, Mrs. 
Rogers' granddaughters, as a memorial to their grand- 
mother. 

One of the most significant highlights of 1965-66, if not 
of the entire decade, was the development of a beautiful 
little garden in the open court between the sanctuary and 
the educational building and dedicated to the memory of 
the late Mrs. J. A. Buchanan, a long-time, devoted mem- 
ber of Trinity Church. In October, 1965, the Official 
Board agreed that the garden be developed through pri- 
vate donations, and the work was done immediately. 

Mattie Toms Buchanan was a daughter of the late Mr. 
C. W. Toms, sometime superintendent of the Durham City 
Schools and later head of the Liggett and Myers Tobacco 
Company here. She was deeply interested in the welfare 
of Trinity Church as long as she lived. She served faith- 
fully and capably as president of the Woman's Society of 
Christian Service, as well as in other capacities. All five 
of her daughters have followed her example in their in- 
terest and love for the church. One daughter, Mrs. J. Ran- 
dolph Coupland, III (Susan) continues to serve Trinity 
with distinctive loyalty and faithfulness. 

The Memorial Garden, truly a thing of beauty and a joy 
forever, is carpeted with grass and filled, around its bor- 
ders, with dogwood, magnolias, birch, azaleas, and rhodo- 
dendron. All these attest to the modesty and gentleness 
so characteristic of the one whose memory will always be 
treasured by all the members of Trinity Church. 

It has been discovered that the Garden is not only beau- 
tiful to behold, but that it serves other valuable ends as 
well. On Sunday mornings, just prior to worship services 
in the sanctuary, members of the congregaton — young and 
old alike — gather for a quarter-hour of Christian fellow- 
ship in the Garden, with refreshments being served. This 
makes for greater unity and harmony in the Trinity Church 
family. 

In 1970. several years after the completion of the Gar- 
den, it became the scene of an out-door wedding, when it 
was to serve as the sanctuary for the final part of the wed- 



ding service for Miss Brenda Hopkins and Dr. Jay Jar- 
makani on June 20. The wedding began in the sanctuary 
with some 250 guests present, and the Rev. W. K. Quick, 
officiating. Just as the bride's father, Mr. G. C. Hopkins, 
Jr., was giving the bride away, billows of smoke were no- 
ticed pouring into the nave. The minister dismissed the 
congregation to the Memorial Garden, for the remainder 
of the ceremony, thus fulfilling the bride's original wish. 

When one has finished enjoying the charm of flower 
and shrub, he finds he cannot leave without observing the 
inspiring little statuette of St. Francis and the Birds. St. 
Francis devoutly loved God and all His little ones; so did 
Mattie Toms Buchanan. 

Truly her life was a living prayer, not unlike the words 
of that saint of old: "it is in giving that we receive ... it 
is in dying that we are born to eternal life." 

1966-1967 

The church year of 1966-67 began with Floyd E. Patton 
as Chairman of the Official Board, Edwin R. Snuggs as 
superintendent of the church school, and Mrs. R. L. Roy- 
croft, Jr., as President of the Woman's Society of Christian 
Service. An annual budget of approximately $92,000 was 
adopted by the Board. Report was made that a large 
number of physical improvements to the sanctuary, the 
educational building and the church grounds had been 
made. 

In September, 1966, Trinity Church suffered irreparable 
loss in the death of Dr. Herbert J. Herring. Dr. Herring 
had been a loyal and devoted member of the Trinity con- 
gregation for more than forty years. During this long 
period of time, he had served the church most capably in 
a number of significant capacities. He was several times 
chosen to a place on the Official Board and was Chairman 
of that body for 1961-62. He was also a teacher of the 
Julian S. Carr Bible Class for quite a long time. 

Dean Herring was modest and unassuming. His life 
was characterized by kindness, friendliness, and an abiding 
sense of justice and integrity. His memory will live on 
in the minds and hearts of Trinity people. 

Early in the year, property on the corner of Liberty and 
Cleveland Streets was sold to the Durham Redevelopment 
Commission for $38,100. Attention was called to the fact 
that the parsonage on Monmouth Avenue had proven in- 
adequate and undesirable; steps were taken toward pro- 
curing a more desirable pastor's residence. 



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It was also reported that the sanctuary organ was no 
longer in satisfactory condition, and plans were laid toward 
relieving this situation. Upon recommendation of the Com- 
mittee on Worship, it was decided to procure about 600 
copies of the nev/ Methodist Hymnal. 

In early 1967, Mr. R. H. Powell, Jr. reported that the 
church trustees had purchased a lot on Arrington Street 
for ^7,300, as the possible site for a new parsonage. In 
later months a home on West Knox Street was purchased, 
and the Arrington Street property was not used. 

Note was taken of the death of several members who 
had been faithful and active in official circles of Trinity 
Church. Among these were Mr. Hubert O. Teer, Mr. Wil- 
liam L. Perry, Mr. Jesse Bishop and Dr. John Gergen. All 
four of these men gave freely and faithfully of their tal- 
ent, time and treasure to the on-going program of the 
church ; their lives will be held in affectionate memory 
through the coming years. 

No record of our church for 1966-1967 would be com- 
plete unless attention were called to the resignation, in 
1967, of Mrs. Jean Cunningham as church organist. Mrs. 
Cunningham had presided at Trinity's chancel organ for 
almost half a century — from 1922 to 1967. In fair weather 
and foul, she served faithfully and capably, her leader- 
ship providing inspiration to choir and congregation alike. 
She will be held in high esteem for generations to come. 

1967-1968 

The Conference Year of 1967-68 opened with Charles 
W. White as Chairman of the Official Board, Edwin R. 
Snuggs as superintendent of the church school, and Mrs. 
R. L. Roycroft, Jr., as President of the Woman's Society of 
Christian Service. By official action, the budget for the 
year was set at a little more than $97,000, with some $22,- 
000 appropriated for conference and general benevolences, 
and another $10,000 for capital improvements. 

Considerable attention throughout the year centered 
around the disposal of the Monmouth Avenue parsonage 
and the purchase of a new one at 1108 W. Knox Street. 
According to the trustees' report of February, 1968, the 
old parsonage was sold for $18,712.50. Amounts received 
from the sale of the Cleveland Street and Monmouth Ave- 
nue properties, together with other amounts from acc"ued 
interest and dividends, provided a substantial sum. 

With these funds, the church officers were able to pay 
off the indebtedness on the Arrington Street property and 



to purchase the new parsonage. The cost of the latter 
was $38,411.93, plus approximately $8,500 for renovation 
and for taxes. 

The new home for minister and family is well located at 
1108 West Knox Street. The property is approximately 
150 by 150 feet, facing south. The house is about 26 years 
old, is air-conditioned, and has been pronounced "in good 
condition". It contains a living room, a formal dining- 
room, a den, kitchen and bath on the first floor. On the 
second floor there are three bedrooms and two baths. 

During this church year, the Trinity congregation noted 
with deep regret the passing of two of its most loyal and 
devoted members, Mr. Cecil E. Cooke and Mr. S. O. Gantt. 
Both of these men had rendered distinctive service to the 
church they loved for many, many years. 

Mr. Cooke died in July, 1967, and in his death Trinity 
sustained immeasurable loss. He served the church for 
years as a faithful member of the Official Board and as 
superintendent of the church school. In the latter capacity 
he gave freely and creditably of himself for nearly twenty 
years, a record rarely equaled in the history of Trinity 
Church. 

Cecil Cooke served not only his church but his commun- 
ity as well. He placed Durham deep in its debt for his 
long years as an educator — as teacher, assistant principal 
and principal. For fourteen years he occupied a place of 
leadership, first at Carr Junior High School and later at 
Durham High School. 

In all of his private life and public career, Mr. Cooke 
was a man of high principle and strong Christian char- 
acter. Ail Durham will be far richer for his having lived 
his years among us. 

Mr. S. O. Gantt also died in July, 1967. For more than 
forty years he could be counted as wholly dedicated, in 
spirit and service, to the church he loved so well. Mr. 
Gantt supervised the construction of our present church 
structure from 1924. He was later chairman of the main- 
tenance committee and in this capacity gave of his time 
and talent without charge or financial compensation. His 
was a place in Trinity Church which will be difficult to fill 
during the years to come. 

A significant trust was established at Trinity in late 
December, 1967 by C. Knox Massey and children, Kay 
Massey Weatherspoon and C. Knox Massey, Jr. to be known 
as the "Louise S. Massey Fund." 

Established "in loving acknov/ledgement of the Chris- 
tian influence of Louise S. Massey upon us in our home . . . 
and to honor her while she lives and to enrich for future 



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generations the total program of Trinity Methodist Church." 
The perpetual trust is "to provide an income to enrich the 
program of Trinity" with major proceeds to be used "for 
the enrichment of the total musical program of the Church 
. . . developing and increasing the effectiveness of the 
youth activities . . . and church activities, purposes or proj- 
ects selected by the Massey Trust Committee." 

The initial gift of $10,000 is being added to annually. 
Other Trinity members shall probably see this as a chal- 
lenge to "put God's will in your will." Truly a man says in 
life, as well as in death, what he really believes in. The 
establishment of an endow^ed fund to assist in program and 
activities is a much needed dim^ension in Trinity's future. 

1968-1969 

The church year 1968-69 is recorded as the ninth and 
last year of Dr. W. M. Howard's ministry as pastor of Trin- 
ity Church. Beginning with 1960-61 and ending with 
1968-69, he had served the Mother of Durham Methodism 
with outstanding distinction. For these nine years, Dr. 
Howard had given himself unreservedly to the congrega- 
tion and community; this represents the longest period of 
time any minister had led the Trinity flock as its spiritual 
leader. On account of his many noble contributions to the 
service of God and his fellowman, Dr. Howard had been 
awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinitj^ by 
High Point College. He was also selected to represent the 
North Carolina Conference as clerical delegate to the Gen- 
eral and Jurisdictional Conferences of the Church in 1968. 

A number of significant developments occurred during 
this final year of Dr. Howard's ministry. As a result of ef- 
forts on the part of the Commission on Worship, the in- 
stallation of paraments for the sanctuary was completed. 
Announcement was made by the Commission as to the 
meaning of various lectern hangings and related items as 
well as the donors and persons honored in the donations. 

A white altar cover and lectern hanging were given in 
memory of Mrs. Eva Gantt Haley and Russell Gantt Haley 
by the family, and white stoles for ministers were given 
by the family in memory of Mr. S. O. Gantt. Red para- 
ments were given in memory of Mr. Junius P. Moore and 
his wife, Mrs. Jennie D. Moore. 

The green altar cloth and lectern hanging were given 
in memory of Mrs. Josephine H. Taylor by her family. 
Green stoles in memory of Mrs. Blanche Hobgood Baldwin 
were given by Mr. and Mrs. Fenton A. Atkins, Mr. and Mrs. 
S. H. Hobgoods Jr. and Mrs. Cecil S. Cooke. 



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The purple altar cover and lectern hanging were given 
by Mrs. Rebecca Weathers Dukes and Mrs. Leon M. Hall 
in honor of Mr. and Mrs. J. Harvey Bryan. Purple stoles 
in memory of Mrs. Blanche Hobgood Baldwin were given 
by Mr. and Mrs. Fenton A. Atkins, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. 
Hobgood, Jr., and Mrs. Cecil E. Cooke. 

It is likely worth remembering that the paraments of 
different colors are to be used at different seasons of the 
church year. Purple is used at A.dvent and Lent; green at 
Epiphany and Kingdomtide ; white at Christmastide and 
Eastertide; and red at Pentecost. 

During the year an Altar Guild was organized and in- 
stalled for the purpose of providing a more desirable wor- 
ship setting in the sanctuary. The Guild is considered to 
be responsible for seeing that appropriate paraments are 
properly placed, that altar candles are readied for the 
acolytes, and that assistance be rendered in Holy Com- 
munion services. 

One of the most important undertakings of the year 
1968-1969 v/as the completion of the renovation of the 
sanctuary organ. This magnificent instrument, given to 
Trinity Church nearly fifty years ago by Mrs. Julian S. 
Carr, Jr., as a memorial to her husband, for several years 
had been known to be in an undesirable condition. 

In the early autumn of 1967, a representative of the 
Chapel Organ Company had estimated that approxi- 
mately $27', 000 would be required to restore the organ to 
its normal usefulness. The Commission on Stewardship 
and Finance recommended that proper steps for renova- 
tion be taken, and their action v^^as approved by the Of- 
ficial Board. 

During the months required for the work, funds were 
secured from several sources to pay for the needed reno- 
vation. An amount of $15,000 was secured from the sale 
of the old parsonage property located on Moumouth Ave. 
From each of the estates of Mrs. Lucile S. Rogers and 
Mrs. P. C. Milner, amounts of $2,500 were derived, and 
from the estate of Mr. William. Speed another $1,000 was 
added. In addition to these amounts, the Official Board 
authorized the transfer of $5,000, and a direct appropria- 
tion of $2,000 was made by the Board. With these trans- 
actions completed and the renovation finished, the organ, 
now worth an estimated $75,000, was pronounced ready 
for use in November, 1968. 

The year v/as also marked by several significant 
changes. At the August meeting of the Official Board, 
it was announced that Dr. William R. Cannon, of Emory 
University, had been elevated to the episcopacy and as- 



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signed to the Raleigh Area to succeed Bishop Paul Neff 
Garber, who had retired and moved to Geneva, Switzer- 
land to live. 

Bishop Cannon, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee had 
received his education at Emory and holds degrees from 
the University of Georgia as well as Temple and Yale Uni- 
versities. For fifteen years he was dean of the Candler 
School of Theology at Emory. Trinity Church joins the 
other churches of the North Carolina Conference in bid- 
ding Bishop Cannon hearty welcome and feels assured 
that under his leadership we shall witness a marked ad- 
vance in the affairs of God's kingdom. Trinity was grati- 
fied to learn that, at the 1968 North Carolina Annual Con- 
ference, Dr. Chancie D. Barclift was again appointed to 
the superintendency of the Durham District. Dr. Barclift 
served with distinction as Trinity's pastor, 1952-56, and 
was formerly district superintendent of the Durham Dis- 
trict, 1956-62. With the completion of the current term, 
he will have been identified with Trinity Church for a total 
of sixteen years. This appears to be the longest period of 
time any minister has ever been identified with Trinity 
Church in an official capacity. Mrs. Barclift has been a 
faithful Trinity member during all the years Dr. Barclift 
has been in residence here. Both are warmly welcomed as 
they return to our church family. 

For this church year, the Chairman of the Official Board 
was C. Knox Massey, the superintendent of the church 
school was Clyde P. Richman, and the president of the 
Woman's Society of Christian Service was Mrs. W. B. 
McDonald. 

1969-1970 

The church year of 1968-1969 witnessed a most sig- 
nificant change in the meaning and mission of American 
Methodism. The General Conference of 1968 formed the 
United Methodist Church by merging The Methodist 
Church and the Church of the Evangelical United Brethren. 
This new body would contain approximately eleven mil- 
lion members. 

It was not until the beginning of the 1969-1970 year 
that the impact upon the structure and functions of a local 
church was realized at Trinity Church ; so it is in this part 
of the Trinity story that attention is called to "the new 
era". It may prove of interest and worth to take note of 
some of the many changes in policy and practice. 

At Trinity, the local church body of control becomes 
the Administrative Board in place of the Official Board. 



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Stewards become known as Board members at large. The 
Board of Trustees remains the same, but the presiding of- 
ficer is known as chairman instead of president. The 
groups formerly called commissions are now named Work 
Areas. These Work Areas cover a wide field of interests: 
Ecumenical Affairs, Education, Evangelism, Missions, So- 
cial Concerns, Stewardship, and Worship. It may be noted 
incidentally that the title for the Woman's Society of Chris- 
tian Service has been changed to the Women's Society of 
Christian Service. There are now Committees on Pastor- 
Parish Relations, Finances, Christian Vocations, Lay Per- 
sonnel, Recreation, Fellowship and other pertinent fields. 

An entirely new body within the framework of the lead- 
ership at Trinity Church is known as the Council on Min- 
istries. Its membership includes the pastor and other 
church staff personnel, the chairman of the Administrative 
Board, the church lay leader, coordinators for various age 
groups, chairmen of the several work areas, the president 
of the Women's Society of Christian Service, and others. 
It is the function of the Council to initiate and correlate 
program resources from agencies of Methodism at all levels 
and relate them to local planning. 

Coincidental with The restructuring of the local church, 
has been a change in its pastoral leadership. At the 1969 
Annual Conference, Bishop Cannon assigned Dr. William 
Howard to Cary and appointed Rev. William Kellon Quick 
as his successor. Mr. Quick was born in Marlboro County, 
S. C, received his early college education at Pfeiffer Col- 
lege, and holds the A.B. Degree from Randolph-Macon 
College and the B.D. degree from the Duke University 
Divinity School. Following early pastorates in Carteret 
County and several rural areas near Durham, he spent 
four years at Zebulon and then six years as minister of 
St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville. Mr. 
Quick's ministry at St. James has been characterized as a 
signal success ; during his six years there the congregation 
grew from about 450 to nearly 1200 in number. He led 
the Greenville Church through its major building phase — a 
$400,000 project. 

Married to the former Barbara Elizabeth Campbell of 
Bluefield, West Virginia, the Quicks have three sons and 
a daughter: Stephen Kellon, Kathryn Elizabeth, David 
Christopher and Paul Sanders. Trinity, accustomed to 
older ministers, received with great anticipation the young 
Quick family. The new minister is the youngest, 36, since 
R. S. Beamon, who was 32 when appointed to Trinity in 
1892. 



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Our minister is a trustee of Methodist College and for- 
mer trustee of Louisburg College and the Methodist Home 
for Children. He is archivist of the North Carolina Con- 
ference Historical Society and is chairman of the national 
executive committee for the Bicentennial Celebration in 
honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, to be held at Lake Juna- 
luska September, 1971. 

During 1969-70 the Administrative Board, after ex- 
tensive study and careful planning, decided that some cap- 
ital improvements in Trinity's sanctuary and educational 
building were extremely necessary. A plan was approved 
to launch a "Forward Together Crusade" to raise approxi- 
mately $193,000 for Capital Funds; the Crusade would 
also undertake to raise S107,000 for the 1970-71 budget. 
The drive, extending from April 3 to April 21, was under 
the direction of Dr. D. George Davies, of the General 
Board of Missions, and a Crusade Executive Committee. 
This committee consisted of the following: Campaign 
Chairman, E. S. Swindell, Jr.; Crusade Chairman, Floyd 
E. Patton; E.M.V. Chairman, Clinton Rogers; Spiritual Life 
Chairman, Dr. Thor Hall; Advance Gifts Chairmen, Knox 
Massey and Wyche Horton; Food and Fellowship Chair- 
man, R. L. Roycroft, Jr. ; Publicity Chairman, Archie Davis. 
Crusade secretaries were Mrs. J. C. Holloway and Mrs. 
Peggy Ray, and Ex-Officio members were Ralph P. Rogers, 
Jr., Dr. Ben McCutcheon, Charles White, Rev. William K. 
Quick and DeWitt Rogers. 

Church leaders for the year were : Dr. W. B. Mc- 
Cutcheon, Jr., Chairman of the Administrative Board, 
Clyde P. Richman, superintendent of the church school, 
and Mrs. W. B. McDonald, president of the Women's So- 
ciety of Christian Service. 

1970-1971 

The Trinity Church story for 1970-71 is largely a sequel 
to that for 1969-70. With the "Forward Together Cru- 
sade" successfullj^ completed and the goal for Capital 
Funds practically reached, the way was opened for im- 
plementation in refurbishing and renovating the sanctuary 
and educational building. A Building Committee was 
formed, v/ith George W. Newton as chairman, and work 
was begun as of September, 1970. The first stage, now 
known as Phase I, was to include work on the Carr Room 
area and the exterior of the sanctuary. 

In general, the floor, walls and ceiling of the Carr Fel- 
lowship Hall, as it is now officially called, were thoroughly 
modernized. The heating, plumbing and electrical facili- 



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ties were vastly improved. Work on the roof and other 
necessary repairs v^'ere made to the sanctuary. The kitchen 
was updated and an adjacent rest room provided. New 
stage lighting and curtains v/ere installed. 

The total cost of Phase I has been estimated at ap- 
proximately !p54,600. This amount includes an expenditure 
of $1,900 for 150 nev/ chairs and another expenditure for 
a new electric organ for the CaiT Fellowship Hall. The 
organ cost approximately $3,700, of which $2,000 was do- 
nated by members of the Julian S. Carr Bible Class. The 
Hall has been in use since February, 1971, and is dedi- 
cated to worship and learning, to Christian fellowship and 
wholesome recreation, as well as other worthw^hile pur- 
poses. 

Phase H of the renovation program began in April, 1971, 
and devotes itself chiefly to v/ork in the basement, first, 
second and third floors of the education building. In ad- 
dition, iraprovemients are contemplated in the exterior of 
the building. These include a nev/ entrance at the Hollo- 
vv'ay street basement level, a new roof over the first floor 
Holloway street entrance, and a ramp for wheelchairs at 
the rear entrance adjacent to the Choir Room on Holloway 
Street. It is expected that this work will be completed 
by December, 1971, and that the cost will be approxi- 
mately $116,750 with an additional allowance of $15,000 
for anticipated furnishings. 

It is noteworthy to observe that several changes of class- 
rooms and other facilities will be made in the educational 
building. Among other things, a number of classes in the 
elementary division of the church school v/ill be removed 
to other parts of the building. 

Larger administrative office space will be provided. The 
Bryan Memorial Library, erected in memory of Mr. Wil- 
liam Bryan, v^'ho was for many years our church school 
superintendent, v/ill be given better quarters. It is to be 
strongly hoped that the Library, in its new setting, will 
be more widely used than in the past. 

One of the most highly valued imxprovements on the 
building's first floor will be the installation of a beautiful 
Memorial Chapel. The Chapel, impressively fitted with 
stained glass windows, chancel furnishings and organ, 
among other facilities, will provide Trinity with a most 
appropriate place for a number of small gatherings. It is 
a gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Bickett Idol in memory of Mrs. 
Idol's father, Mr. R. T. Amos, of High Point. 

During 1970-71, our people have been engaged, not only 
in building, but in a number of other significant enter- 
prises. Under the ever-inspiring leadership of its dynamic 



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and devoted leader, the Reverend William K. Quick, Dur- 
ham's Mother Church in Methodism has made great strides 
forward. Outstanding progress has been achieved in ecu- 
menical affairs, education, evangelism, missions, steward- 
ship, social concerns, worship and other areas. 

Thorough consideration has been given to the question 
of church union. A Center City Ministry has been estab- 
lished, with United Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Presby- 
terian, A.M.E, Zion and Judea-Reform Congregations co- 
operating. On Sundays and weekdays at Trinity there 
have been classes in religion, and the year has been noted 
for activities in Christian Adventure Week for Youth, ex- 
tended study sessions and family night workshops. 

In the spring of 1971, there were held two meaningful 
Ventures in Evangelism. One preaching mission, "A Mis- 
sion to the City", led by the Rev. Peter John Marshall, was 
observed. Another preaching mission, "A Mission to Trin- 
ity", followed with the Rev. Alan A. Smith, a British 
Methodist pastor, as the mission preacher. 

Underprivileged people, young and old, have not been 
forgotten. The challenge of supporting a missionary has 
been accepted, funds for the suffering in Peru have been 
raised, and support of the Edgemont Community Center 
is being continued. 

The year's program at Trinity has attracted conference- 
wide attention. As one tangible result. Trinity was 
named the "Urban Church of the Year" for 1971 in the 
North Carolina Conference. This was the first Urban 
Church Award presented by the United Methodist Con- 
ference Board of Missions. An appropriate plaque in 
recognition was presented by Bishop William R. Cannon at 
the Annual Conference, and a copy is placed in this record 
for the year. 



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URBAN CHURCH OF THE YEAR 

1971 

Trinity United Methodist Church 

In The 

Durham District 

Of The 

United Methodist Church 

Granted In Recognition for Excellence In 

Church and Community Service 

By The 

Board of Missions 

North Carolina Annual Conference, S.E.J. 

Methodist College 

Fayetteville, North Carolina 

June 2, 1971 

F. Owen Fitzgerald, Jr., Chairman Reginald Ponder, Chairman 
Sub-Committee on Urban Worl< Church and Community Commission 

Edward F. Smith, President William R. Cannon, Bishop 

Board of Missions The Raleigh Area 



The award was presented on the basis of Trinity's mis- 
sion and outreach. The purpose of Trinity was set to be 
"a servant church" in a ministry beyond its membership, 
to the transient, the disadvantaged, the power structure 
of Durham and to prisoners. The program for the year 
included the spear-heading of a city-wide study of the 
Consultation on Church Union, a dual emphasis of Biblical 
and theological-cultural studies, the addition of a lay 
worker in children's ministry, and the paying in full of 
the 1962 College Crusade goal of .$30,000. In evangelism, 
two ventures — "A Mission to Trinity" and "A Mission to 
the City" — were held, and in missions the congregation in- 
creased the benevolence and mission budget by 10 per cent. 

The Stewardship report showed that Trinity raised an 
all time high of S190,746 during the year. These are 
among the highlights of the program considered by the 
Board of Missions which led to the award for Urban 
Church of the Year. In the area of Social Concerns, 
Trinity shared in the formation of the Center City Church 
Ministry, and through numerous projects initiated a num- 
ber of social concerns. 



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Capital improvements included the renovation of the 
Carr Fellowship Hall and an addition to the parsonage of 
a new bedroom-bath with improved kitchen and laundry 
facilities. 

Early in the 1970-71 Conference Year, Trinity received a 
significant gift from John A. Buchanan thereby creating 
the "Mattie Toms Buchanan Memorial Trust". The Trust 
will be utilized for the maintenance and improvement of 
the Buchanan Memiorial Garden and will provide for spe- 
cial projects approved by the Trust Committee. 

At the conclusion of the conference year, several Trin- 
ity leaders were elected to the 1972 quadrennial General 
and Jurisdictional Conferences. Dean Robert E, Cushman 
of the Duke Divinity School was chosen for General Con- 
ference set for Atlanta, and the minister, the Rev. William 
K. Quick, Dr. O. Kelly Ingram, Divinity School professor, 
and Mrs. E. L. Hillman, widow of a former Trinity pastor, 
were elected to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference 
at Lake Junaluska. 

In February, 1971, Trinity Church experienced a deep 
loss in the death of one of its noblest churchwomen, Mrs. 
Annie Hamlin Swindell, v/ife of Mr. E. S. Swindell, Sr, 
Mrs. Swindell was born in Durham, educated in its city 
schools and Trinity College, now Duke University. 

For nearly fifty years, she devoted her remarkable talent 
for teaching to children and youth, both in community and 
church. Her professional career included a large number 
of duties and responsibilities: first, as science teacher, 
then as dean of girls in junior high schools, and finally 
as principal of the Holloway Street School until her retire- 
ment. She was also very active in the Retirement System 
of the state and as a leader among retired teachers. 

In her inspiring contribution of precept and example, 
this noble woman has left to Trinity Church a legacy, rich 
beyond words. For generations to come, we shall be grate- 
ful to God for a beautiful life lived among us. Numerous 
memorial gifts were given by friends, among them the east 
window of the narthex — a gift of members of the Susannah 
Wesley Class and other friends. The window features 
"the Mother of Methodism", Susannah Wesley, from an 
original portrait, which now hangs in Didsbury College, 
Bristol. 

The record for 1970-71 would be altogether incomplete 
unless a word of appreciation were written to acknowledge 
the loyal and sacrificial service of a number of men and 
women who taught in the church school during the decade. 



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Not all the names could be secured, but among those who 
were listed are the following: 

Mrs. Charles White, Kindergarten; Miss Rebie Bryan, 
Kindergarten Secretary ; Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Whit- 
field, Nursery; Mrs. B. U. Rose, Nursery, Mrs. J. C. Rose, 
Nursery; Mrs. Frank Penny, Nursery; Mrs. Harold 
O'Briant, Nursery; E. S. Swindell, Jr., Pattie Baldwin 
Class; Dr. Ray Petry, Trinitarian Class; Rev. L. M. Hall, 
Julian S. Carr Class. 

Staff leaders for 1970-71, the tenth year of the study were: 

The Rev. William K. Quick, Minister 
The Rev. Leon M. Hall, Associate Minister. 
The Rev. Charles M. Smith, Associate Minister 
The Rev. Robert E. Stillwell, Minister to Youth 
Mrs. Ina Carpenter, Children's Ministry 
Basil Kustodowicz, Center City Ministry 
Robert Brown, Center City Ministry 
Mrs. J. C. Holloway, Church Secretary 
Mrs. Peggy Brown Ray, Pastor's Secretary 
Mrs. H. A. Allred, Jr., Church Hostess 
R. Glenn Starnes, Director of Music 
Mrs. Charlotte F. Cartwright, Organist 
Mrs. Celia B. Oatney, Housekeeper 
Ernest R. Rogers, Night Custodian 
Stephen Hoegner, Church Beadle 
Baxter Ridenhour, Board Chairman 
Thor Hall, Council Chairman- 
Aubrey B. King, Chairman, Board of Trustees 
McMurry Richey, Church School Superintendent 
E. S. Svv'indell, Jr., Church Lay Leader 
Eugene W. Carlton, Church Treasurer 
Mrs. W. B. McCutcheon, Jr., President, Women's Society 
of Christian Service 

Archie Davis, President, United Methodist Men 
Miss Marv Opal Shuford, President, Wesleyan Service 
Guild 

Scott Ricketts, President, United Methodist Youth Fel- 
lowship 



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1971-1972 

It was originally planned that this sketch should cover 
exactly a decade — June 1961 to May 1971. It has been de- 
termined, however, that it would prove wise to include 1971- 
72 in the study, even though this extends the time covered 
from ten years to eleven. The undertakings and program 
achievements of this eleventh year relate themselves too 
closely to those of previous years to be separated. Explana- 
tion is offered that when the term "decade" is used any- 
where in the study, it may be understood that the history 
covers an "approximate" decade. 

Just as it was stated earlier that the Trinity Story for 
1970-71 was largely a "sequel to the story for the previous 
year," it may be repeated that the record for 1971-72 was, 
in large measure, a completion of the program earlier be- 
gun. This final year of "the Crusade for Progress" saw sev- 
eral changes in the classroom arrangement in the Educa- 
tional Building. 

The Pastor's new Study, adjacent to the Memorial 
Chapel, has been beautifully fitted with new furnishings, 
provided by Mrs. W. B. McCutcheon in memory of Dr. W. 
B. McCutcheon. The new Church Parlor has been enhanced 
with new furnishings and totally redecorated, the gift of 
Mrs. Cora Wright Chambers in memory of Col. S. C. Cham- 
bers and Mrs. Mary Ruth Wright Teer in memory of Mr. 
Hubert O. Teer. The Parlor will be a multi-purpose facil- 
ity for small group meetings, fellowship hours, committee 
sessions and small receptions. 

In addition to these memorials a number of new stained 
glass windows were projected and planned for during 
the 71-72 year. Mrs. S. O. Gantt will provide the two memo- 
rial windows on the sides of the downstairs alcove which 
houses the Trinity Historical Display, in memory of S. O. 
Gantt and Stough B. Gantt. Commitments for additional 
windows were received from Mrs Grace Bishop Thompson, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Cooke, Mrs. Ina Burnett, and Mrs. Bess 
Raper. These will be installed during the 1972-73 church 
year. 

Another significant Memorial by "a friend of Trinity" 
was contributed in late 1971. The "Cross and Flame" insig- 
nia of United Methodism, was installed and lighted at the 
Holloway Street ground-level entrance. The "Trinity United 
Methodist Church" name and a lighted Bulletin Board was 
also a part of the memorial gift which "honors our pastor, 
William K. Quick, Minister, during the period of Trinity's 
Renewal". 



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Program development changes came during the sum- 
mer of 1971 when the Music Committee, acting under the 
prior recommendation in January, 1970 from the Adminis- 
trative Board, moved to employ Trinity's first full-time 
organist-choirmaster. T. Woolard Harris of Henderson 
filled the position. Trinity's own R. Glenn Starnes and Mrs. 
Charlotte Cartwright, organist, had previously headed the 
music program. Mr. Harris continued Trinity's fine tradi- 
tional music program. Especially outstanding were musical 
presentations at the Christmas Lovefeast and the 1972 An- 
nual Conference. 

In September, 1971, Trinity participated effectively in 
an outstanding national Methodist undertaking, the Francis 
Asbury Bi-Centennial, observed at Lake Junaluska, N. C. 
September 3-5. Rev. William K. Quick v/as the general 
chairman for this significant celebration which drew per- 
sons from twenty-eight states and overseas. Some 54 Trin- 
ity members were numbered among the more than 1,800 
participants during the weekend. Among the more than 500 
officially-designated delegates were Rev. and Mrs. Quick, 
Dr. B. G. Childs, Dr. Paul Mickey and Mrs. Peggy Ray. 

The Church Program in 1971-72 has been appreciably 
active. In evangelism, some 66 new miembers were received 
during the year. Despite a considerable number of deaths 
and transfers, the congregation stood at 1,302 members at 
the close of the conference year. For the third consecutive 
year, Trinity has shown a net gain in membership thus 
reversing the trend since the early '50's of membership 
decline. The percentage of youth and young adults in the 
membership is encouragingly high. A meaningful part of 
our evangelistic emphasis was the "Mission to the City" 
with Dr. Robert Bruce Pierce, pastor of the Chicago Tem- 
ple (First Methodist Church), April 10-12. In addition to 
services at Trinity, Dr. Pierce spoke to the Durham Rotary 
Club, described as "one of the most captivating speakers in 
Durham Rotary History." 

The incorporation of the Center City Church Council 
came during the year. Trinity officially became a part of 
this worthwhile Council and participates widely in its pro- 
gram. The Council is "grassroots ecumenical work at its 
best". Trinity is not forgetting those on our doorstep. 

World-wide missions commands our continuing interest 
as well. Someone has said, "Charity may begin at home, but 
it doesn't end there." Trinity made a substantial pledge 
during 1971-72 towards the support of Rev. and Mrs. David 
L. Swain, missionaries in Japan. 

A worship highlight during the year has become the 
Christmas Lovefeast. Observed on December 19, 1971, this 



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was one of our most spiritually rewarding experiences of 
the year. Mrs. James Newsom, Jr. acted as chairman of the 
Lovefeast Committee with some seventy-five choral and 
musical participants and approximately seventy adults and 
youth in leadership of the Feast and Candle-lighting. More 
than 600 persons shared in this pre-Christmas celebration. 

Among the major church studies of the year were the 
Matthew Study in October, led by Dr. Moody Smith; the 
Mission Study on Africa, led by Leslie H. Garner, Jr. of 
UNC-Chapel Hill and Dr. Creighton Lacy; and the week- 
day Bible Study on the Prophets led by Dr. Childs. 

Among the Duke students assisting in the year's pro- 
grams were Art Allen during the fall of 1971; Tom Joyce 
and Mike Aiken during the winter and spring, 1972. Two 
Trinity members — Gordon Ruggles and John Draeger— were 
recommended for License to Preach and Deacon's Orders in 
the United Methodist Church by our Charge Conference. 

Their ordination came during the 1972 session of the 
North Carolina Annual Conference which Trinity co-hosted 
with Duke University. Daytime sessions were held at Page 
Auditorium and Duke Chapel and the evening Ordination 
Services were conducted at Trinity, led by Bishop William 
R. Cannon. By action of the Conference, E. S. Swindell, Jr. 
was elected a trustee of the Methodist Retirement Home in 
Durham and B. G. Childs was elected a trustee of the Con- 
ference Commission on Archives and History. Mrs. E. L. 
Hillman and Dr. L. L. Gobbel were elected as members of 
the Board of Higher Education. Our pastor was chosen as a 
member of the Conference Committee on Communications 
and secretary of the Board of Higher Education. He was 
also elected vice-president of the Southeastern Jurisdic- 
tional Commission on Archives and History and a member 
of the SeJ Committee on Communications. 

At its 1972 Commencement, Pfeiffer College, our Meth- 
odist-related senior college at Misenheimer, conferred the 
honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity upon our minister. 
Dr. Quick thus became the first graduate of the college, as 
well as the youngest minister, to be honored in this manner. 
It was announced on the day of the conferral that a $15,000 
Scholarship had been established at Pfeiffer, to be known 
as the William K. Quick Scholarship. Beginning in 1973 
this will make available a $1200 annual scholarship to a 
deserving and needy young man from the State of North 
Carolina. 

Trinity lost during the year a number of members by 
death. Among them were our oldest living member, 96-year 
old Mrs. Ellen M. Brown; Eugene W. Carlton, church 
treasurer and Board member; Oscar M. Pleasants and Her- 



bert O'Briant, longtime ushers; Miss Rebie Bryan, faithful, 
long-term kindergarten teacher. Other deaths included E. 
S. Swindell, Sr., T. Paul Jourdan and Leon Harper. It 
should be noted that Mr. Harper left a provision in his will 
that Trinity Church would receive a tenth (the Biblical 
tithe) of his estate, to be administered through the church 
for Methodist church extension and mission work. 

In 1971-72 Trinity Church maintained a continued 
"high-level" of stewardship supporting local and church- 
wide needs. In local church expenditures, ministerial sup- 
port, and world service and conference benevolences, the 
congregation raised a grand total of $170,781. At the close 
of the year, statistics showed the value of church property 
to be $1,300,000 and the parsonage and furnishings to be 
$62,500. The record shows that the other assets (trusts, 
bonds, scholarship) to be approximately $30,000. 

The climax of the year came when on Sunday, June 4, 
the renovated Church facilities were consecrated in special 
services. Bishop William R. Cannon was scheduled to 
preach but having "lost his voice" earlier in the week, our 
former pastor Dr. W. M. Howard, Jr., was invited back by 
Dr. Quick to preach the Consecration sermon. At a cost of 
some $270,000 (including memorial gifts), our renewed 
Trinity stands on the threshold of an even greater ministry 
to the city. 

The new conference year, 1972-73, brought several 
changes to Trinity. The Pastor-Parish Committee em- 
ployed Gregory L. Bell as organist-choirmaster, Ruth 
Turner Harper as the Director of Christian Education and 
Mrs. Paul Mickey as secretary to the Pastor. 

On July 14 during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Con- 
ference at Lake Junaluska, Dr. Robert M. Blackburn, pas- 
tor of the largest United Methodist Church in the South- 
east (almost 5,000 members) was elected a Bishop. On 
July 15, Bishop Blackburn was assigned to the Raleigh 
Area replacing Bishop Cannon who was assigned to the 
Atlanta Area. Also of historical note is the fact that Carl 
J. Sanders of Arlington, Va, was the first of six bishops 
elected. Dr. Sanders and Bishop Paul N. Garber married 
our present minister on January 15, 1955. Two years later 
Dr. Sanders led the annual revival services at Trinity. 

Bishop Blackburn made his first episcopal visit to Trin- 
ity on September 10, 1972, preaching at the 9:00 A.M. 
service of worship. 



THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Bickett Idol, in memory of 
fier fatfier, Mr. Robert T. Amos of High Point, is among major additions to Trinity. 




THE [MNISTERS during tine 1961-72 period of Trinity's history. Dr. William K. 
Quick and Dr. William M. Howard, are pictured on June 4, 1972 prior to the 
consecration of the renovated Trinity facilities. 



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